Duke Nalon’s first appearance in the Indy 500 came in 1937 but he would have to wait until 1948 to become a frontrunner finishing 3rd and score pole-position the following year, but crashing out of the race lead. From 1950 on, when the Indy 500 race counted as a round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Duke would enter F1 stats as the pole-setter in 1951.
But the Duke didn’t manage to repeat the performances he had shown in recent years. He retired after the 1954 Indy 500 and, after living a while in Phoenix, moved to Indianapolis as one of the members of the Indy 500 racers club.
Born: 12th of March 1913 in Chicago, USA.
Died: 26th of February 2001 in Indianapolis, USA, aged 87.